Friday, July 24, 2015

The Blooming Table

My friend, Vicky, recently had her back porch covered. There was a table she'd had for years that she wanted to use on her new porch and she asked me for some advice on how to paint it.

She was having a birthday around that same time, so I asked if I could paint the table for her as a birthday present. Luckily, Vicky is an "anything goes" kind of girl so I got to have a little fun with this one!
I painted the table with the color Dropcloth from The Dixie Belle Paint Company...
Vicky has some funky orange furniture on her porch which thrilled me since orange is my favorite color. Outdoor spaces are the perfect place to add a little whimsy to your decor! I used the color Florida Orange, also from Dixie Belle, along with a yellow and a brown acrylic paint, to paint a flower on the table...
I didn't just paint the flower on top. I painted petals coming down the side of the table too. Then I added a stem to the flower. I painted one leg of the table with Holy Guacamole from Dixie Belle...
Happy Birthday Vicky...
here's your blooming table!


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Sugar Molds & Succulents

Sugar molds have been popular in home decorating for quite some time. I remember first seeing them 20 years ago at a flea market. I wanted one, but didn't want to pay the price they were asking. 
I recently was able to purchase some at a wholesale price.
 I usually see them filled with candles, but I didn't want to go that route. So, I painted one with chalk paint from The Dixie Belle Paint Company.
Then I distressed it...
I love how the barn red looked on the sugar mold...
It would have looked great with candles, but again,
 I had something else in mind.
I added Dollar Store succulents to the sugar mold...
And, the best part is that I can't kill them!
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  Someday Crafts, Sew Much A Do, Ginger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings, Ivy & Elephants,   Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveBear Rabbit Bear Crafts, Made In A Day, Katherine's Corner, Redoux, Chic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby NestMomnivore's Dilema, Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonTruly LovelyThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember, Boogieboard Cottage,  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac,  Under The Table and Dreaming, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished Bliss, A Bowl Full Of LemonsMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework, Kammy's KornerI Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  C.R.A.F.T., The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeAdorned From AboveCedar Hill Ranch, Classy Clutter, Flutter BusterTwelve O Eight, Nap Time Creations, The Shady Porch, JoJo And Eloise, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamHouse Of HoffOur Home Away From Home, Living Well Spending Less, Remodelaholic, A Lived In Home, Flamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver Pennies, Mad Cap Frenzy Gingerly MadePink WhenMinnette's MazeMade To Be A Momma Start At HomeLil Mrs ToriHomecomingThe Vintage FarmhousePink Recipe BoxSweet HauteTable For SevenBe BetsyIt Happens In A BlinkOne Dog Woof, 4 You With Love, A Stroll Thru LifeA Bright And Beautiful LifeCrafty Goodies Live Love CreateThe Koenigs CreateBloom Designs,French Country Cottage, Daisy Cottage Designs, Orchard Girls, Elizabeth Joan Designs, The Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou Girls, Karen's Up On The Hill,


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Patriotic IKEA Lantern Makeover


If you are a regular visitor here, then this is not, nor will it be the last project where you have seen me craft with paper napkins.
ModPodge + Patterned Paper Napkins =
A Perfect Marriage!
Nothing is safe...I'll decoupage a napkin onto just about anything.
Like these jars...
My upcycled pickle and olives jars remain one of my top 2 most viewed and most pinned posts.

Another popular DIY project with napkins...
coasters...

I've even decoupaged napkins onto a chair...

More recently, I shared a variety of 
4th of July projects using napkins...


You can find quite a few more when you search my blog,
but let's move on to lanterns.
Last year I shared how I made over an IKEA lantern for Fall using paper napkins...
You can get the full tutorial HERE.

Since I happened to have more IKEA lanterns,
and more napkins from my 4th of July craft frenzy,
I decided to make a Patriotic lantern.

I painted the lantern with Barn Red from
The Dixie Belle Paint Company...

Using the same technique for the Fall lanterns, 
I added a blue and white napkin to the glass...
It appears a little milky in this picture but the ModPodge will dry clear.

Perfect for the 4th of July!


It goes great with my 4th of July mantel...
This one might have to stay out through Labor Day!


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Styles From eShakti & A Coupon



Summer Is Here
It's hard to believe that it has already been a year since my first review of eShakti! I still love the vintage style dress that I received from them. 

They still offer classic styles...


Crisp + Classic

but, they have added new lines of Contemporary and Bohemian styles! Plus, they now offer jumpsuits, pants, and shorts!

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Custom Pants

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Stop back by and let me know what you get and how you like it.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

4th of July Crafts

Oh, what fun I had last week crafting for the 4th of July with my friend, Cindy! Cindy is the owner of Junk Mama's General Store, where I am a vendor.
Junk Mama's is in a beautiful old house built in 1916 in downtown Fayetteville, Georgia.
We had already decorated the front porch in anticipation of the 4th of July....



But, we still needed to create some patriotic things for the front room of the store.
So, Cindy came over and we got busy crafting. We were like a crafting machine! We got so much accomplished...

Let's start with my favorite project of the day...
this flag...
The base of the flag came from Michael's. The boards were raw wood already put together and with a rope to be able to hang it. Cindy painted it white, then I drew off the lines for the stripes. Then Cindy got started gluing paper napkins that looked like bandannas to the wood...


 Once the ModPodge was dry, we took a little sandpaper and removed the excess napkin.
Using the same technique, I created a flag out of heart shaped wood...

I painted this craft store frame with white paint...
Then I covered it with the same blue napkin used for the flag.

Once it was dry, I added a printable that I got from
My Fabuless Life. Click HERE to download this printable and one other.

With extra scraps of the blue napkins, I partially covered these jars. Once dry, I added a red button and some red and white twine.

We added Dollar Store flags and twine to mason jars...

We dyed white rice with red and blue food coloring and layered it in jars, then added a candle...


My daughter, Carrie, helped us make a bunch of pinwheels...

And, Carrie, made red, white, and blue flowers from tissue paper...

I had bought this storage caddy at Hobby Lobby on the 70% off clearance aisle...
 The metal baskets were already white, so I  painted the drawers with Yankee Blue and the rest with Barn Red chalk paint from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.


We covered the bottom of a hat box with the red napkins, and covered the top of the box with pieces of denim we cut from a pair of old jeans. We trimmed the top with ribbon and added a few fabric stars to the top...



We also made a 4th of July banner to add to the mantel at the store. Here's how the front room at Junk Mama's turned out...




I loved the flag so much that I had to make one for myself! I added a little dark brown glaze to mine to dirty it up a bit...

I also used the napkins to cover some pickle jars...

Then I pulled out my banner from last year, and a flag that Carrie made last year using burlap and fabric, and decorated my mantel...


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I will NOT be taking this down on July 5th!
 It may have to stay up for awhile.
Do you decorate for the 4th of July?



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  Someday Crafts, Sew Much A Do, Ginger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings, Ivy & Elephants,   Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveBear Rabbit Bear Crafts, Made In A Day, Katherine's Corner, Redoux, Chic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby NestMomnivore's Dilema, Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonTruly LovelyThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember, Boogieboard Cottage,  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac,  Under The Table and Dreaming, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished Bliss, A Bowl Full Of LemonsMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework, Kammy's KornerI Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  C.R.A.F.T., The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeAdorned From AboveCedar Hill Ranch, Classy Clutter, Flutter BusterTwelve O Eight, Nap Time Creations, The Shady Porch, JoJo And Eloise, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamHouse Of HoffOur Home Away From Home, Living Well Spending Less, Remodelaholic, A Lived In Home, Flamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver Pennies, Mad Cap Frenzy Gingerly MadePink WhenMinnette's MazeMade To Be A Momma Start At HomeLil Mrs ToriHomecomingThe Vintage FarmhousePink Recipe BoxSweet HauteTable For SevenBe BetsyIt Happens In A BlinkOne Dog Woof, 4 You With Love, A Stroll Thru LifeA Bright And Beautiful LifeCrafty Goodies Live Love CreateThe Koenigs CreateBloom Designs,French Country Cottage, Daisy Cottage Designs, Orchard Girls, Elizabeth Joan Designs, The Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou Girls, Karen's Up On The Hill,


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